Everyone in LA loves movies! For this year’s birthday party, take those budding movie mogul to the matinee. This is LaLa Land after all and there are no shortages of movie theaters that provide all the amenities, making this the easiest party you’ll every plan. From large stadium seating theaters to intimate movie houses, we have the go-to list of the spots that will give your little cinephile the birthday of which (celluloid) dreams are made.
El Capitan Theatre
Throw your movie themed party right in the middle of Tinseltown at this historic movie palace. Originally built in 1926 and restored to all its lavish glory, the El Capitan Theatre takes movie-going to a whole new level. The theater specializes in Disney releases and features a number of exclusive events from live musical performances to photos with movie characters. The venues offers two birthday packages: the Red Carpet, which features VIP concessions with in seat service and post movie party time in a shared room with games and crafts; and the Movie Premiere Packages, which sweetens the pot with a “paparazzi” photographer who will shoot photos of guests upon arrival and a post movie private party that includes food, a themed cake and Ghirardelli Sundaes. Check their website for more details and the upcoming movie schedule.
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
photo: Regal Cinemas via Creative Commons
Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live
For kids who dream of Bright Lights in the Big City, the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live may be their viewing destination. Your birthday girl or boy can celebrate in style with their name on the marquee at the film of their choice and full access to a private party room. Guests will receive reserved seats and a party pack with popcorn, drink and snack for the film. Outside food and drink are welcome and a Regal staff member will assist in pulling off the whole shebang. It’s also the only place in town that screens 4D movies, which is a super special treat for adventurous birthday celebrants. And if you all still have energy after the celebration, downtown and the city bustle is right at your fingertips.
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.
If you’re looking for a posh party for your pampered starlet, iPic Theatres is perfection. Remember the days when choosing your seat at the cinema seemed cutting edge? Imagine a selected seat, pillow, blanket and in-seat service. At iPic theaters you can have your popcorn and so much more. You little can bring their crew in for any matinee before noon and enjoy A-list service. Choose from an entree, candy, dessert and unlimited popcorn. Entree choices include kids’ menu favorites like burgers, pizzas, chicken fingers and grilled cheese with the option of a fruit bowl or fries. Never fear if you’d rather not go the kiddie route for your meal; iPic also has a chef-designed menu with more refined choices quinoa and spinach dip and chicken satay in addition to the classic flavors like Margherita pizzas and burgers. You do nothing, your birthday celebrant and guests are treated like stars, and everyone goes home happy. iPic has locations in Westwood and Pasadena.
Americana at Brand’s Pacific Theatres
If you’re short on time (or energy, or ideas) for planning this year’s party, this is your pick. Depending on your needs, the Americana concierge can help you reserve seats in the theatre or buy out the entire space. Your party assistant can even help out with party goodie bags. Your crew can even arrive in style with a private trolley ride that will deliver to the theatre doors. Contact the concierge at the Americana and they will get your movie loving birthday babe’s desires all squared away. (This is a super fun option for grown up birthday party planning, too!)
889 Americana Way
The Grove’s Pacific Theatres
If a party in Glendale seems like a schlep, heading over to The Grove (the Americana’s sister property) is a great alternative. The Pacific Theatres at the Grove will provide you with a theatre host, a choice of concessions for guests and private access to the theatre mezzanine, that your birthday girl or boy can decorate to their heart’s desire. Plus, The Grove boasts such sweet spots as American Girl and Dylan’s Candy Bar for pre- or post-movie fun. Contact the Pacific Theatre directly for more information.
189 The Grove Dr.
Do you know of a great place to host a movie-themed birthday party? Let us know in the comment section!
—LeTania Kirkland Smith